Knock Three Times

Album: Candida (1970)
Charted: 1 1
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  • Hey girl what ya doin' down there
    Dancin' alone every night while I live right above you
    I can hear your music playin'
    I can feel your body swayin'
    One floor below me you don't even know me
    I love you
    Oh my darling
    Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me
    Twice on the pipe if the answer is no
    Oh my sweetness
    Means you'll meet me in the hallway
    Twice on the pipe means you ain't gonna show
    If you look out your window tonight
    Pull in the string with the note that's attached to my heart
    Read how many times I saw you
    How in my silence I adored you
    Only in my dreams did that wall between us come apart
    Oh my darling
    Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me
    Twice on the pipe if the answer is no
    Oh my sweetness
    Means you'll meet me in the hallway
    Twice on the pipe means you ain't gonna show
    I can hear your music playin'
    I can feel your body swayin'
    One floor below me you don't even know me
    I love you
    Oh my darling
    Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me
    Twice on the pipe if the answer is no
    Oh my sweetness
    Means you'll meet me in the hallway
    Twice on the pipe means you ain't gonna show Writer/s: Irwin Levine, L. Russell Brown
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Songtrust Ave, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 16

  • Salomea from Arlington Heights,il UsKnock three times is about a guy who falls in love with the girl who lives in a basement apartment....
    The twice on the pipe is a reffering to a radiator pipe that is in the apartment
    All of the apartment buildings in Chicago date back to when they still have radiator heat...
  • Karen From England from Middle Of Nowhere The video is filmed at the same location as David Cassidy Daydreamer
  • Andy from EnglandThe building in the video is The Great Conservatory at Syon Park, part of the Syon House estate, Brentford, Middlesex, England. TW8 8JF
  • AnonymousYes the above video or dawn in the colourful garden bit of a trivia question does anyone know the location of where that was thanks
  • L.russell Brown from Nashville Phillipa from Newcastle.
    What you have alleged is utter nonesense
    The late lyrical genius and I
    wrote this song one night in 1971
    Your mum would be ashamed
    of you concocting such unadulterated B.S.

    Conversely Camille from Toronto got it 100% on the money

    L.Russell Brown
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenA friend of mine lived in an apartment and got numerous complaints from the tenant below him about his partying. He liked my spin on the lyrics: "Oh my darling, knock three times on the ceiling if I'm noisy. Twice on the pipe means the cops have been called."
  • Philippa from Newcastle Under Lyme, United KingdomThis song was not actually written by or for Dawn it was written by a british man, who was dating the woman in the apartment below he wrote it in the 1940's the only reason i know this is he is my mums god parent, he gave it to the record label for £25 as thought it was worthless, he did not want any fame from the song when it became a big hit so he is not mentioned ever however he was a talented man who deserves to be accredited for this amazing song
  • Jorge from Bronx, NyCamille,Back the days and still now tenement buildings have pipes running outside the walls,,especially the steam pipes for heating,My moms hit that same pipe to alert the Superintendent of the building,there was no heat going up,lmao
  • Camille from Toronto, OhThis was one of the first songs I'd loaded onto my new ipod over 2 years ago, and it was amazing how much better it sounded than thru an AM transistor radio over 30 years ago! I was 12 when this was popular. This was the kind of song labeled "bubblegum" music which I guess means: not to be taken seriously. But it was & is an extremely catchy tune. As for the guy wanting some kind of answer in a semi-Morse code, that's because he's too shy to speak to her in person about his true feelings. As for exposed pipes, that just tells you he's living in a dump. So his life is kind of miserable & his one true solace is dreaming about getting together with this chick who lives "one floor below" him. I'm surprised a sit-com never evolved from this song!
  • Joe from Monroe, NyBack in 1971 when this was a smash hit, I was singing it at work one day. An older co-worker asked me how a young kid like me knew such an old song. He claimed it was from the 1930's....that might explain the "twice on the pipes" bit.
  • Kent from Lodi, CaAt the second part of the second chorus (~1:48), if you listen carefully at the end of Tony's line "Knock three times on the ceiling...", you'll hear a tsshh sound. Tony was hitting the ceiling tiles in the booth for added percussion while he sang. The sound is one of the tiles falling.
  • Darrell from EugeneIf I were the neighbor of the dude in this song and I was trying to sleep or file my income taxes when he was banging on the pipes, I would get some neighbors together, we would get some pipes of our own, and we would bang on HIM.
  • David from Youngstown, OhThe funny thing about this song is it assumes the two people in the song lives in apartments with exposed pipes, something that was highly unusual in the 1970s. Tony Orlando years later made a comment about the ridiculousness of that aspect of this song (which is damn catchy). The music on this song sounds very similar to Candida.
  • Dave from Denver, CoSupposedly you can hear ceiling tiles and plaster crashing down on the drumset as the song fades out ... due to a studio hand banging on the pipes for sound effects all night.
  • Jeff from Hendersonville , UtThis songs was written by Larry Brown & Irwin Levine. They also wrote "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree", among other huge hits!
  • Keith from Slc, UtTheir other hit at the same general time as K3T was "Candida," which used the same basic riff.
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